Author Topic: Sway Away vs Old Man Emu Torsion Bars  (Read 728 times)

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Sway Away vs Old Man Emu Torsion Bars
« on: August 07, 2018, 08:28:03 PM »
Does anyone have any direct experience with either or both of these?

I'm planning on swapping a diesel motor into my '87 D50 and likely a front bumper/winch eventually.

In addition to that extra weight, I would like to crank the torsion bars a bit, along with longer UCAs and possibly a small (1"-2") body lift, to fit 31"-32" A/T tires comfortably.

I'm planning on running HD Old Man Emu leafs in the rear, # CS023R - http://store.arbusa.com/Old-Man-Emu-Leaf-Spring-CS023R-P21006.aspx, to compensate for heavy loads/camper/hitch mounted dirtbike tray/etc

Old Man Emu # 303006 / $225 USD - http://store.arbusa.com/Old-Man-Emu-Torsion-Bar-303006-P20916.aspx

Sway Away / $389 USD - https://swayaway.com/product/torsion-bar-set-1982-1989-4wd-dodge-raider-4wd-mitsubishi-montero/

Old Man Emu stuff has a solid reputation, and are 42% cheaper, but the Sway Away bars are US made and claim to "offer a 20-30% increase in spring rate over stock".

That 20-30% increase sounds desirable, but I wonder if it will result in the front suspension being too stiff?

Does anyone know if the Old Man Emu torsion bars are rated higher than the stock bars?


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Re: Sway Away vs Old Man Emu Torsion Bars
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2018, 10:40:20 PM »
What about the other torsion bar that ADD sells, is it Sway Away. It doesn't say but the right color.

http://shop.adventuredrivendesign.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=71_72&product_id=70

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Re: Sway Away vs Old Man Emu Torsion Bars
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2018, 10:45:46 PM »
They're great bars. That's what Adam runs on his monster of a 99, big bumper, winch, 35 inch tires, a lot of people run them, since they're part of our rock crawler kit.

The hardcore wheelers kill the OME bars from tons of suspension cycling, over the years they've found the sway away bars to hold up.

I've got a set of in stock for the mighty max:

http://shop.adventuredrivendesign.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=71_72&product_id=70

The sway-away website lists these parts, but according to sway-away, they wont sell them to the public. They've told me twice now that they will only sell mitsu bars to us, but I see the link is still active and I was still able to add them to my cart. However, they might not have any in stock or might cancel the order once placed. Let me know how it goes if you decide to order from them direct?

PS, weve got the leafs too:
http://shop.adventuredrivendesign.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=71_72&product_id=213

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Re: Sway Away vs Old Man Emu Torsion Bars
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2018, 08:21:57 AM »
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Sorry, I guess we are having the same thread on 2 forums.

How do the two compare ride wise? Is one stiffer that the other? I'm guessing the OMEs are in between the stock and sway-aways? Are the sway-aways necessary if no HD rock crawling?

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Re: Sway Away vs Old Man Emu Torsion Bars
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2018, 07:48:54 AM »
Those OME (303006) fit a 4 door 93 montero? my bars are so worn out it's horrible. Looking to replace them with something for street and trail riding.